DAMIEN

SNEED

An Award-Winning Artist Who Excels in

Classical, Gospel, Jazz, and Contemporary Music

As a multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist, Damien Sneed is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. The Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends, including the late Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman, which he is featured on Norman’s final recording, Bound For The Promised Land on Albany Records. He also worked with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, J’Nai Bridges, Lawrence Brownlee, and many others. Sneed has served as music director for Grammy Award-winning gospel artists The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kim Burrell, among others. Sneed is a featured producer and writer on the Clark Sisters’ new project, “The Return”, released on March 13, 2020. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) hit award-winning gospel singing competition show. In May 2015, he was tapped by Tony Award winner, George Faison as the musical director and conductor for the City Parks Foundation’s Central Park’s Summer Stage production of “The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music.”  The production included Phylicia Rashad, André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ebony Jo-Ann. He was guest conductor of the USC Symphony Orchestra for the 2016 – 2017 season and will be graduating with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from USC in 2020 as a student of Maestro Donald Portnoy.  Sneed was also commissioned to compose a new chamber opera titled MARIAN’S SONG about the life of Marian Anderson for Houston Grand Opera, which had its world premiere on March 5, 2020, at the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center.  The Library of Congress commissioned Sneed to compose a brief solo piano work, “Sequestered Thoughts”, for its Boccaccio Project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which premiered online on June 15, 2020. He was recently commissioned to compose a symphony in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen with its world premiere in September 2020 in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area in conjunction with the March on Washington Film Festival.Sneed recently joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. A graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School in his hometown of Augusta, GA., Sneed studied at some of the finest conservatories and universities, including Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance; the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University; New York University, where he earned a Master of Music in Music Technology: Scoring for Film and Multimedia; and the Manhattan School of Music. Sneed will also graduate with his doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from USC in 2020. Sneed was a member of the faculty at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Nyack College. His other professional affiliations have included The Juilliard School as a staff accompanist, Jazz at Lincoln Center as an artistic consultant, and the City University of New York (CUNY) as a professor of music. In 2015, Sneed established the Damien Sneed Performing Arts Institute, a division of the Damien Sneed Foundation. 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 01, 2020

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October 02, 2020

Manhattan School of Music Virtual Gala w/ J'Nai Bridges

A star-studded evening of performances from J'Nai Bridges, Damien Sneed, Pinchas Zukerman, Anthony Roth Constanzo and Ron Carter

October 15, 2020

Sphinx Organization Virtual Gala

7pm

Lift Ev’ry Voice, Xavier Foley (World Premiere)
Sphinx Virtuosi
EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble

Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Sphinx Overview Video

Between Worlds, Carlos Simon
Hannah White, Violin

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Heitor Villa-Lobos
I. Aria – Cantilena
Raquel Gonzelez, Soprano

 

“Glory” from Selma (arr. Eugene Rogers)

Sphinx Virtuosi
EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble

Damien Sneed, piano

October 20, 2020

Jennifer Holliday's 60th Birthday Virtual Concert

Jennifer Holliday -- Broadway's original Dreamgirl -- celebrates her 60th birthday with you, direct to your living room! Holliday is a Tony- and two-time Grammy Award-winner whose career spans over four decades. Her 60th birthday show will feature hit songs from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, tributes to her childhood idol Aretha Franklin, and original works from her own albums. She’ll be joined by a six-piece band with a few special celebrity birthday shout-outs. Jennifer Holliday is a survivor and even after almost forty years since she opened in Dreamgirls on Broadway, Holliday is still telling the world that she’s staying and you’re gonna love her!

January 21, 2021

Michigan State University Residency

January 22, 2021

Michigan State University Residency

June 03, 2021

The Ordering of Moses @ Cathedral of St. John the Divine | Harlem (NYC), NY

Program
James Weldon Johnson/arr. Damien Sneed Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing for Choir and Orchestra
(World Premiere Arrangement) 
J.S. Bach Herr Gott, dich loben wir (Lord God, Thy Praise We Sing) from Cantata BWV 16 for Choir and Orchestra
R. Nathaniel Dett The Ordering of Moses, Oratorio for Soloists, Choir, Organ and Orchestra

This concert is dedicated to the memory of the legendary soprano Jessye Norman.

Featuring
Damien Sneed, Conductor
Brandie Sutton, Soprano 

Kenneth Overton, Baritone
Terrance McKnight, Host 
With choir comprising members of Damien Sneed's choral group, Chorale Le Chateau, and orchestra comprising members of The Harlem Chamber Players

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CONTACT

Booking (Conducting & Composition)
Bill Reinert
bill@williamreinertassociates.com

Booking (Performing Arts Centers)
Toby Tumarkin at IMG Artists
ttumarkin@imgartists.com

Booking (Jazz)
Tommy Hampton
info@damiensneed.com

Booking (Gospel & Speaking Engagements)
Que Brown
lechateauentertainmentbooking@gmail.com

Press & Publicity
Gwendolyn Quinn
gwendolynquinn@aol.com

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